Teaching Outside of Your Specialism by @molin_bryan

Name: Bryan Molin
Twitter name: @molin_bryan
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Assistant Principal
What is your advice about? Teaching outside of specialism

1: Have a positive attitude. Teaching outside of your comfort zone is a chance to develop your skills.

2: Make sure you have a firm grasp of the key concepts you are teaching. There is nothing worse than to muck up on the basics.

3: If students ask questions you cannot answer in the lessons, be honest and tell them you will get back to them next lesson, or even better set the question for homework.

4: Establish a culture of learning in the class. The fact that you are also learning the subjext adds a degree of comradeship with students.

5: Work with subject specialists, either in person or through twitter to get advice and information. Don’t be afraid to ask. You owe it to your students.

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Subject Knowledge for Reading Comprehension by @mrnickhart

Name: Nick Hart
Twitter name: @mrnickhart
Sector: Primary
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Deputy Head
What is your advice about? Subject knowledge for reading comprehension

1: Read “Time to Talk” by Jean Gross. 

2: Read “Bringing Words” to Life by Isabel Beck. 

3: Read “Developing Reading Comprehension” by Margaret Snowling.

4: Read “Understanding and Teaching Reading Comprehension” by Jane Oakhill. 

5: Read “Tell Me” by Aidan Chambers.

Primary Maths by @antonipolster

Name: None given
Twitter name: @antonipolster
Sector: Primary
Subject taught (if applicable): Maths
Position: Learning support teacher
What is your advice about? Primary maths

1: Don’t feel guilty about not using manipulatives. Manipulatives are overrated and should be used sparingly.

2: Subject knowledge is also very important at primary level . Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you don’t understand the maths you are trying to teach.

3: Maths games, trails and software are no substitute for actually teaching maths. Again, use sparingly.

4: If a child leaves primary school without knowing addition and multiplication tables we have failed.

5: Ask lots of questions in class and check everyone’s response using whiteboards/ number fans or any other resource at your disposal.

Subject Knowledge by @carolinecreaby

Name: Caroline Creaby
Twitter name: @carolinecreaby
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Economics and Business
Position: Assistant Headteacher
What is your advice about? Subject knowledge

1: Read a new book or an article in your subject and tell your students about it (whether it’s relevant to your scheme of learning or not).

2: Hear a subject specialist speak – look at your local university for lectures, go to one and tell your students about it. Consider inviting experts into your school to talk.

3: Make it clear in every lesson how interesting you think the topic is and why.

4: Join your subject association and consider getting involved at some point.

5: Consider being an examiner – formal assessment in your subject is interesting and the experience sharpens your knowledge about how to prepare students for their exams.